I love this place!
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Gunung Mulu National Park is AMAZING!!! Itâ€™s a tropical rainforest in all its glory.
I checked into the Royal Mulu Resort after booking my adventures with the park head quarters (who are very organized I might add). First night I nibbled at some food at the resort restaurant, met two lovely people from Austria who let me join then for dinner, and I enjoyed a great show of local tribal dances. I even joined in for a bamboo stick dance and I tried the blow pipe, I totally hit a target with it too. Saweet!
Youâ€™d think with all of this effort I must be feeling better, but I hate to say Iâ€™m not.
First day I did some adventure caving. Little did I know but apparently I was put into the advanced adventure caving group. HA! No wonder I thought it was hard! Letâ€™s paint the picture shall weâ€¦.I check in, meet my guide and fellow cavers (3 others). We walk along a boardwalk through the jungle for about 1 km when the guide stops us. There are no stairs on either side suggesting a new path, no caves in sight.
Caving was awesome! Dark, moist, and HUMID. We climbed in and through tight crevices and wide caverns. It was so hot! Sweat was literally pouring down our faces.
Oh on the way down the giant hillside to the boardwalk my leg goes through a piece of the forest floor.
"Ate" at the park cafe that day. I am seriously struggling. Sipping some soup is all I can handle. I drink a coke just for the calories. I meet some great people and get some great advice on travelling in Indonesia.
Took a night walk - found lots of cool bugs, lizards, tree rats (!), spiders and grasshoppers. Stick bugs are my favourite.
Sick all night again. Awesome. Can I just have a good night's sleep please?
The second day at the park was amazing.
Sipped a little lunch again. Please let me get better soon.
The afternoon I went to Deer Cave. Was late for my tour because I feel asleep at my hotel. Oops! My Royal Mulu taxi friend drove like a maniac to get me to the park on time. Then I had to book it down the boardwalk to catch up with my group - GAH this place is too hot for running!!! Deer Cave is UNBELIEVABLE.
Deer Cave is the second largest cave in the world. It was beat out only last month by a new cave found in Vietnam. Dang! It is estimated that between 2-3 million bats live in this cave! You can see them on the ceiling and they fly all around you. There is bat crap everywhere oh and thousands of cockroaches living on it, yum! A boardwalk takes us easily through the cave. There is a platform at the end of the cave where you can see down to the same river that flows through Clearwater Cave.
The final cave - oh crap I can't remembers its name, but it was great! It had loads of stalagtites and mites. The park has strategically installed motion censored lights that come on as you walk through the cave, highlighting the beautiful rock formations. Its a beautiful site.
We leave the cae and go to await the bat exodus from Deer Cave - they leave through the cave mouth to feed at dusk each night, well that is unless its raining. We wait for them in a cover pavillion. There is a camera in the cave to see if they're leaving, a tv in the pavillion shows us what the camera sees. Honestly these bats are SO cute! The camera zooms in and out to get a closer look at them. They are not going anywhere. Its raining.
The rain in hammering down. No one is waiting for the bats, we're waiting for the rain to stop! It doesn't. We take a run for it. I put on my raincoat and start the 3.8 km walk home in the downpour of all downpours. HOLY SHIT this is a rain storm like no other! My raincoat is now my favourite piece of clothing. I'm writting a letter to MEC when I get home thanking them for saving my hide.